As a training coach, you know that motivation is everything. Clients work out harder when they’re motivated, and they feel more capable of and excited about meeting their fitness goals. So how do you motivate small group training clients during every small group training session you lead?

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In this blog, we’ll explore the power and science of motivation and share strategies for keeping people inspired, energized, and pumped up with fitness and workouts, every single time. 

6 Reasons Motivation Matters in Fitness

Motivation is more than just a “nice to have” in the fitness world. In fact, if you want results or if it matters to you that people keep coming back to your classes, motivation is essential. Here are a few of the benefits of motivation for anyone who likes to work out:

  • Goal Setting. When people are working toward goals, they strive harder in the gym. Fortunately, motivation provides the momentum people need to set and achieve goals. Motivation is the ingredient that helps individuals define their objectives, whether they want to lose weight, build muscle, improve endurance, or increase their well-being.
  • Sustained Effort. Without motivation, it’s tough to stay consistent with an exercise routine or a healthy diet. Motivation gives people the intrinsic drive they need to overcome obstacles and setbacks and stay focused on their efforts. 
  • Energy and Focus. Motivated people have higher energy levels and focus more during their workouts. This powerful combination gives them the momentum needed to get through tough workouts and achieve better results. 
  • Emotional Well-Being. Motivation plays a crucial role in encouraging individuals to engage in physical activity. This, in turn, boosts their mood, reduces stress, and promotes overall well-being.
  • Long-term Habits. Motivation helps establish fitness as a long-term lifestyle rather than a short-term endeavor. By staying motivated, individuals are more likely to develop sustainable habits, maintain their progress, and continue making positive choices for their health.
  • Accountability. Motivation can come from external sources, such as workout partners, trainers, or online communities. Sharing fitness goals and progress with others can provide a sense of accountability, support, and encouragement, enhancing motivation.

As you can see, motivation is critical when it comes to fitness, and people who feel motivated tend to achieve better results, enjoy their workouts more, and thrive both in and out of the gym.

10 Simple Strategies to Motivate Small Group Training Clients

Motivating your personal training clients is essential – both for their success and their overall dedication to their fitness journey. It also helps you build your reputation as a trainer and provides better service to the clients you work with down the road. 

With that in mind, here are some effective strategies to help you inspire and motivate your clients:

1. Set Clear and Attainable Goals

A goal is everything when it comes to fitness. Clients need goals to help them stay on track and to reap the sense of accomplishment that comes when they crush said goal. Because of this, we recommend working with all of your small group training clients to establish specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals

Not sure where to start? Focus on breaking larger goals into smaller milestones that your clients can achieve in a shorter duration, like during a single class or in a given month. Regularly track progress and celebrate successes to keep clients motivated.

2. Individualize and Personalize Training Programs

As you create workouts, tailor them to suit each client’s abilities, preferences, and goals. Customized programs make your clients feel seen and invested in, which boosts their motivation to engage in the workout and strive to get better each session. 

3. Provide Variety and Challenges

Keep your clients engaged and run exciting classes by adding some variety to your training, methods, and equipment. Challenge clients with new workouts, gradually increasing difficulty to avoid plateaus and maintain their interest.

4. Focus on Positive Reinforcement

As your clients progress, make sure to compliment your clients and their achievements. Provide positive feedback wherever you can and seek to encourage them during sessions. Recognize their milestones, hard work, and dedication, and strive to become a coach that boosts their confidence and dedication. 

5. Track Progress

Get serious about tracking progress for your clients. As their fitness progresses, use technology like fitness assessments, body measurements, and progress photos to visually track progress and advancements and keep your clients motivated to work toward their goals.

6. Be a Role Model

Every time you show up to the gym, do it from a leadership standpoint. Lead by example and show a positive attitude. Let the way you guide your classes be a testament to how dedicated you are to fitness and how invested you are in your clients. If you’re comfortable doing so, share your own fitness journey and seek to connect personally with your clients. 

7. Educate and Empower

Help your clients understand the benefits of exercise, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. Provide them with the knowledge and skills to make informed choices and take ownership of their well-being. Empowered clients are more likely to stay motivated and committed.

8. Support and Accountability

Nobody stays motivated 100% of the time. In fact, we all experience setbacks. When these things happen in your clients’ lives, offer a supportive, nurturing environment where clients feel comfortable and safe to be honest with you. Whenever possible, offer guidance, answer their questions, and address their concerns. Regularly check in with them, provide accountability, and help them overcome obstacles or setbacks.

9. Foster a Sense of Community

Make your classes a community as well as a workout. Your small group is like a tribe where everyone is supportive and provides additional motivation to accomplish the goals the group has set out to achieve. Provide a space where clients can connect with others pursuing similar fitness goals and where people form relationships that help motivate and drive them. 

10. Maintain Open Communication

Communicate openly and honestly with your clients. Listen actively when they tell you about their needs, provide constructive feedback, and adapt their training program accordingly. Regularly assess their motivation levels and adjust strategies as needed so that each client feels you’re caring for them individually.

Motivation Sets Great Trainers Apart From Everyone Else

Today, there are thousands of small group training classes offered on every day. What sets the great ones apart from the “so-so” ones is the trainer’s ability to motivate and excite their students and provide an environment that encourages achievement.

Fortunately, the ten tips in this article will help you become just that – a more motivating leader and a better trainer for every small group class you teach.

Whether you’re teaching a new style of fitness or focusing on an area you’ve worked in for years, these tips are a great way to harness your power and keep clients coming back again and again. 

Article by Suzanne Robb, Alloy COO

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